Bill died Jan. 1, 2007, in Reading (Pa.) Hospital. He was a resident of the Highlands at Wyomissing, Pa., having recently moved there from his longtime residence in Reading.
After Princeton, Bill continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a master's in 1941 and was asked to stay on as an assistant in the history department. In 1948 he became professor of European and naval history at Albright College, where he served for 34 years, retiring in 1982.
He served as president for four terms on the Reading and Berks County World Affairs Council, and was a past secretary of the Reading Shade Tree Commission. He also enjoyed studying the genealogy of the old families of Worcester and Somerset counties in Maryland.
Bill was predeceased by his wife, Jane, in 1982 as well as by his son William III and daughter Ellen. He is survived by his son John and his daughter Sally Bishop Noll. We offer them our sincere sympathy.